I will vote against this very bad deal

Bren­dan O’Hara

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

For the past two years, the prime min­is­ter has told us re­peat­edly “no deal is bet­ter than a bad deal”, some­thing she said she would never agree to. And yet what we must now vote on is a very bad deal.

Any deal that puts Scot­land at a com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage com­pared to North­ern Ire­land and sim­ply re­brands – in­stead of re­forms – the Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­icy is “a bad deal”.

And any deal that leaves the UK “in but not in” the EU, and “out but not out” is also “a bad deal”.

But Theresa May is wrong to in­sist this is a “take it or leave it” sit­u­a­tion be­cause there is time to se­cure a far bet­ter deal; one that keeps us in the sin­gle mar­ket and the cus­toms union.

That is why I will def­i­nitely vote against this deal when it comes be­fore West­min­ster on Tues­day.

Of course, this isn’t what we were promised back in 2014, when we were told that only by vot­ing no in the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum would we be able to re­tain our EU ci­ti­zen­ship.

Nor that do­ing so would set Scot­land in com­pe­ti­tion to its west­erly neigh­bour.

And all of this at the be­hest of a gov­ern­ment we didn’t vote for.

This is why Scot­land’s par­lia­ment needs the full pow­ers that every other nor­mal, in­de­pen­dent par­lia­ment has, to en­sure that never again will Scot­land be re­duced to be­ing a pas­sive by­s­tander, while things are done to it and for it by gov­ern­ments we have re­jected.

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